Marilyn Manson dropped by record label amid abuse allegations
In the wake of Evan Rachel Wood’s announcement that Marilyn Manson “horrifically abused” her for years when they were in a relationship, Loma Vista Recordings, which released Manson’s three most recent albums, has parted ways with the singer.
“In light of today’s disturbing allegations by Evan Rachel Wood and other women naming Marilyn Manson as their abuser, Loma Vista will cease to further promote his current album, effective immediately,” the statement reads. “Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.”
Manson has released three albums through the label since 2015, including last year’s “We Are Chaos.” His artist page disappeared from the label’s website on Monday afternoon, several hours after Wood’s statement.
Manson was not signed directly to the label: He retains the rights to his recordings and, beginning with 2015’s “The Pale Emperor,” licensed them to Loma Vista, which is a division of Concord Music. While the first album bore the imprint of Manson’s Hell Records, the credited copyright holder of “We Are Chaos” is simply Marilyn Manson.
Wood has often alluded to Manson when speaking about being a survivor of domestic violence over the years. Wood and Manson’s relationship became public in 2007 when she was 19 and he was 38. They became engaged in 2010, but broke up later that year.
In an Instagram post early Monday morning, and in a statement to Vanity Fair, Wood said: “The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson. He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”
Manson responded to Wood’s allegations in an Instagram post on Monday night. “Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” he wrote. “My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”
Wood began talking about being a survivor of rape and domestic violence in a Rolling Stone article in 2016, and has focused her activism on those issues. In 2019, Wood created the Phoenix Act, a bill that extends the statute of limitations on domestic violence to five years from three. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law in October of 2019, and it took effect in January 2020. Wood testified before the California Senate at the time, saying that her abuser had hidden his drug and alcohol addiction from her, and “had bouts of extreme jealousy, which would often result in him wrecking our home, cornering me in a room, and threatening me.”
This past fall, Manson ended an interview with the U.K. music magazine Metal Hammer when the writer brought up Wood’s name. Later, Manson issued a lengthy statement, denying any wrongdoing.
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